(Dudleya farinosa)
Liveforever planted on the the dunes at Crissy Field.

Will Elder, NPS


Origin Of Genus Name: Dudleya is named after W.R. Dudley, western U.S. botanist.

Presidio Locations: Found on coastal cliffs, sandy bluffs and coastal dune scrub.

Range In State: California coast.

Description: . This low growing, native perennial species is densely covered with a mealy wax. It has pale, lemon-yellow flowers at the tip of a long reddish stalk. The succulent triangular leaves form a basal rosette and clasp the flower stem. Dudleya is often called "hen and chicks" because the small yellow flowers can be thought of as chicks trailing behind the mother plant. Blooms July to September.

Native Californian Uses: Leaves and flowering stems were eaten raw by the Cahuilla.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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